Sport The 2014 Mercedes W05sup

The 2014 Formula 1 season is underway as testing begins at the Jerez track in Spain, where a number of teams have rolled out their contenders for the year ahead for the very first time

'A third car that will get you noticed': the Renault Twizy

Motoring review: Renault Twizy

Insults, icy weather and DIY doors...

Has Rupert Murdoch turned into a climate change sceptic?

(And, if so, his late mother wouldn’t be very pleased)

Toyota Auris 1.6 Valvematic - First Drive

Toyota has produced another car that does the job dependably

Call for China to move to electric cars

Ford says China should embrace electric cars as traffic worsens

Ford's chairman said China should take steps against traffic congestion as its cities become increasingly crowded.

Nimble for a big car: the Lexus GS

Lexus GS 450h - Test Drive

Sorry Alan, but this Lexus is a bit too cool for you...

Zingy performer: The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is one of the best of the emerging crop of electric cars from the big manufacturers

Look, don't treat my electric car as a silent killer

This car is very, very quiet - but pedestrians have eyes as well as ears

Vauxhall Mokka TechLine 1.4 Turbo 4x4

Vauxhall Mokka TechLine 1.4 Turbo 4x4 - First Drive

Vauxhall enters the baby SUV market - and the battle is hotting up

The engine for the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid

Volvo starts making the world's first diesel plug-in hybrid

Volvo has started making the V60 Plug-in Hybrid. The new car, which is the world's first production diesel plug-in hybrid, is being built on the same line as the standard V60 at the Volvo's Torslanda plant in Gothenburg, alongside its other large models, the V70, XC70, S80 and XC90 – that's quite an achievement, apparently, given the Plug-in's extra complexity.

New recall is yet another blow to Toyota

Toyota faced another embarrassing blow to its reputation yesterday, when the Japanese car maker recalled 2.8 million vehicles to fix faulty steering problems – meaning owners have had to return more than 18 million motors to forecourts in just three years.

The recall, announced today, affects more than a dozen models produced from 2005 through 2010

Recall of 2.77 million vehicles is another embarrassing blow to Toyota's reputation

Toyota faced another embarrassing blow to its reputation today, when the Japanese carmarker recalled  2.7 million vehicles to fix faulty steering problems — meaning owners have had to return more than 18 million motors to forecourts in just three years.

Original thinker: Stanford Ovshinsky

Stanford Ovshinsky: Pioneering inventor

Stanford Ovshinsky was a self-taught inventor whose innovations have been incorporated into many hi-tech developments, from flat-screen televisions to laptop computers, He devised the term "ovonics", combining his own name and "electronics," to describe the technology behind the development of what he called "non-depletable, non-polluting energy sources." His aim was to reduce the world's dependence on fossil fuels with solar power and hydrogen. In 1999, Time included Ovshinsky among its "Heroes for the Planet."

Mercedes E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid - First Drive

Engine: 2.15-litre four-cylinder turbo-charged diesel

Jim Armitage: How Toyota engineered itself on to the right road

The Prius overtook the Civic and Accord. High petrol prices are cited as the cause

If only Top Gear and the BBC had the guts to tell Jeremy Clarkson to stop talking for once

As it's been ruled that the presenter's remark that a car looked like 'person with facial growths' breached Corporation's guidelines, and he's compromising their values.

Nemesis car smashes electric speed record

A supercar powered by energy from wind turbines has smashed the UK land speed record for an electric car.

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Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

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In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness
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Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story
Front National family feud? Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks

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Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks
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Tasting the world’s most expensive tea
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While many of Britain's birds have flown south for the winter, it's still a great time to get outside for a spot of twitching
Nick Easter: 'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

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Nick Easter targeting World Cup place after England recall
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

The inside track on France's trial of the year

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Why her plays are as provocative now as when they were written
Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

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Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
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